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Knicks' Mason arrested after scuffle with police

Anthony Mason, the former Knick, was arrested early Wednesday after a scuffle on a Manhattan street with 10 police officers. The incident left three officers slightly injured.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound forward was charged with second-degree assault, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, menacing and disorderly conduct.

Early Wednesday evening, Mason was still in police custody awaiting arraignment.

Mason, who played with the Knicks for five seasons before being traded this month to the Charlotte Hornets in the Larry Johnson deal, was arrested at 3:10 a.m.

The police said they moved in to break up a crowd that had gathered at the corner of 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue.

Mason was not involved in the incident but was watching from a car in a no-standing zone. A police officer began to issue him a ticket, according to Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney's office.

The police said Mason got out of the car to get his license from the trunk and became boisterous with an officer and threatened to punch him in the face, Thompson said.

It is not Mason's first early morning altercation.

Three people have sued Mason for $54-million, alleging that he beat them on July 25, 1995 at the China Club on the Upper West Side. Last April, a woman said she was punched in the eye by Mason at the same nightclub. He was not charged.

In January, a man charged that Mason hit him in a nightclub fight. No charges were filed.

KNICKS-RAPTORS TRADE: New York eased a logjam at guard by trading Hubert Davis to Toronto in exchange for a first-round draft choice. Davis had the NBA's third-best three-point shooting percentage last season. He made 127 of 267 attempts, 47.6 percent, but averaged only 10.7 points. The deal opens about $1.15-million in salary cap room, Knicks GM Ernie Grunfeld said, space he hopes to use to sign a versatile front court player.

HORNETS: Tony Delk, one of Charlotte's two first-round picks, signed a three-year contract. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

LAKERS: Guard Kobe Bryant, the 13th overall pick in the draft, signed with contract details undisclosed. In four games with the Lakers' Summer League team, Bryant, who entered the draft out of high school, averaged a team-high 25 points and 5.3 rebounds.

PACERS: First-round draft pick Erick Dampier signed a three-year contract with terms not disclosed. Mark Pope, a second-round draft pick in last month's draft, signed a one-year contract to play for a team in Istanbul, Turkey.

SUNS: Steve Nash, Phoenix's top draft choice and potential successor to Kevin Johnson at point guard, signed a three-year contract worth about $3.1-million.

Asked at a news conference what type of player he would be for the Suns, the 6-foot-3 Nash replied: "Probably a little bit like Michael Jordan at first."

Team president Jerry Colangelo, seated behind Nash, nearly fell out of his chair.

"It could take him a little while to do what Jordan does," Colangelo said with a grin.

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